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					                                                                           Nomination Packet
                                                                       Tennessee Department of Education
                                                         Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE)


                   2010 Breaking Traditions Award
               Student Recognition Program for Tennessee Career and Technical Education
                            Nontraditional Program of Study Career Training

                 $500 Tuition/Post-Secondary Expense Reimbursement

The Division of CTE is accepting nominations for the Tennessee CTE Breaking Traditions Award
Program to recognize outstanding students completing a CTE program area.
The Breaking Traditions Award is an excellent opportunity for CTE students and schools to receive
recognition and positive publicity. It acknowledges and highlights CTE student achievement in
nontraditional career training and identifies role models for other students considering nontraditional
careesr.
                                   2010 Award Instructions
ELIGIBILITY:
To qualify for consideration, a student must:

       Be a 12th grade student enrolled in a Tennessee public high school CTE Program during the 2009-
        2010 school year.

       Be completing a state-approved CTE Program that is nontraditional for his or her gender during
        the 2009-2010 school year (see attached reference list for eligible program areas pages 5&6).

       Be nominated by an instructor, teacher, counselor, administrator, faculty, or other personnel
        employed by the student’s career center or public educational institution.

       Have a satisfactory academic standing (minimum: 3.0 program average, 2.5 cumulative GPA), and
        an acceptable citizenship and disciplinary history.

       Have made an outstanding contribution to the awareness of nontraditional careers through
        successful participation in one or more of the following activities:

           o Exemplary progress in a CTE program considered nontraditional for the student’s gender
             (skill development, teamwork skills, responsibility, etc).
           o Successful competition in a program-related event or contest (local, regional, state, or
             national) validating skill development and/or workplace skills.
           o Leadership in a CTE Student Organization (HOSA, DECA, FFA, FBLA, FCCLA, TSA,
             SkillsUSA) at the local, state, or national level.
           o Actively involved in recruiting other nontraditional students into their CTE program.
           o Mentoring of other students in nontraditional programs.
           o Significant contributions to the student’s specific CTE program.
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TO BE CONSIDERED, A STUDENT MUST:
       Complete all items included in the application and

        o Be nominated by a teacher, instructor, counselor, faculty, administrator, or other
          personnel employed by his or her career center school.
        o Include at least four digital pictures or photographs (see specific requirements below).
        o Include two letters of support for the application from someone other than the nominator.
        o Include the signed release of information/consent statement (also signed by his/her
          parent/guardian).
        o Have the nominator send the completed application packet to the Office of CTE
          postmarked by May 1, 2010.

NOMINATIONS:
Each school may nominate only one student per program area. Only school officials may nominate
students for this award. If a nominator feels there are two or more deserving students, the nominator
should have the students fill out the awards application materials and have appropriate local school
personnel select which student to nominate.

2010 AWARD CATEGORIES:
Breaking Traditions Recognition Award (up to $500 in post-secondary expense reimbursement)
       —Two awards statewide (one male and one female)
Breaking Traditions Certificate Award
       —Top 10 awards statewide

JUDGING:
A committee composed of CTE consultants will evaluate all complete applications using a 100-point scale.
The winners will be selected based upon the information provided in the application, technical skill level,
and the ability to be a nontraditional role model for other students. Winners will be notified through their
nominators. All decisions will be final, and all applications become the property of the Division of CTE.

TUITION/POST-SECONDARY REIMBURSEMENT:
To receive up to $500 in post-secondary expense reimbursement, send documentation—invoice/receipt for post-secondary
payment (tuition, textbooks, supplies, etc.) to:

                                         Breaking Traditions Award
                                               c/o Lynne Cohen
                                        th
                                       4 Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
                                        710 James Robertson Parkway
                                           Nashville, TN 37243-0383
                                                 615-532-2837



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APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA:
Part 1: Nominator Form (p. 7 & 8, including nominator questions, p. 9)
Must be typed (computer or typewriter). All information must be provided. Nominator and administrator
must sign, and nominator’s questions must be completed. (10 points)

Part 2: Photos:
Photographs must be included for the nomination packet to be complete. Digital photo files must be
submitted. Please include one head shot and at least three action shots of the student working in his/her
program area. (Example: welder welding, brick mason laying brick, nurse caring for a patient, etc.) Please
take care when taking/selecting photos to assure that:

       1.   The student is recognizable as a person of her or his gender.
       2.   All required safety precautions are in place.
       3.   It is obvious what the student is doing.
       4.   Other persons in photo, if any, are not recognizable and identifiable, or photo release is
            supplied.

The best pictures appear spontaneous with the subject seemingly unaware that the photo is being taken.
More than four photos may be submitted if desired. The best four, as determined by CTE staff, will be
used for scoring the application. (10 points)

       Digital Photos: save in JPEG format. Select the highest quality available on your digital camera.
       You may submit the photo files as an e-mail attachment or on disk/CD. Please indicate the name of
       the student and school on disks, CDs, or e-mail files. Please also print out all digital photos and
       attach them to the nomination packet.


Part 3: Student Form (begins on p. 10):
All questions must be answered. All information must be typed (computer or typewriter) and complete,
including required signatures. All pages must be submitted to the nominator.

   A. Basic information—Includes contact and program information. (10 points)
   B. Consent/release of information statements signed by parent/guardian. This signed consent grants
      permission for the student’s image or photographs to be used to promote career training that is
      nontraditional for his/her gender in print or other media by the Tennessee Career and Technical
      Division or its designees. This consent also authorizes release of information to local and state
      press/media should the student be recognized. All nominees will need parents/guardians signature
      on the form. (10 points.)
   C. Student’s Essay (250 or fewer words, p. 11)—The student should provide basic information about
      his/her choice of career training, future plans, and school activities. This is the opportunity for
      students to put into writing their feelings about exploring the benefits of developing skills in a
      nontraditional career field. (40 points)
   D. Letters of recommendation (see also page 12) —From two persons other than the nominator, who
      know the student well and can address his/her personal/technical strengths (instructor, principal,
      counselor, mentor, employer, etc.). Must be on the author’s official letterhead. (20 points each)

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(The application will be judged on the content. Students may receive assistance in the editing of the
questions and essay, but the information and ideas should be the student’s own.)

Nomination Packet:
Please make additional copies of the forms as you need them. All application materials must be typed
(computer or typewriter). All items should be collected and submitted in one packet by the nominator.
Keep a copy for your records.

       Packet must include:
                 Completed nominator form and questions
                 Photos
                 Completed student form and essay
                 Two letters of support
                 Signed Consent Statement




      Nomination Packets must be postmarked on or before
                         May 1, 2010

Send complete packets to:                 Breaking Traditions Award
                                             c/o Lynne Cohen
                                       4th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
                                         710 James Robertson Parkway
                                            Nashville, TN 37243-0383
                                                  615-532-2837
                        (Digital photos may be e-mailed to lynne.cohen@tn.gov)


NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS/PROGRAMS

Nontraditional students are defined as those persons studying careers traditionally chosen by the other
gender. A nontraditional program area is one in which 75 percent or more of the persons in that field of
work are usually of one gender. Nontraditional students enrolled in the following programs are eligible to
be nominated for the Breaking Traditions Award.




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                        CTE Programs Identified as Nontraditional
                                 For Female Students
(Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics Information, provided by the United States Office of Vocational and Adult Education)


                                               Trade & Industrial
                                                CONSTRUCTION
                                                       Carpentry
                                                       Electrical
                                                       HVAC/R
                                                       Masonry
                                                       Plumbing

                                          HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
                                                     Culinary Arts

                                               HUMAN SERVICES
                                               Criminal Justice Careers

                                               MANUFACTURING
                                                   Machining
                                                 Welding Interest
                                      Engineers and Engineering Technicians
                                                 Drafting Interest

                                               TRANSPORTATION
                                                 Automotive Service
                                                     Leisure Craft
                                                Aviation Maintenance
                                                 Pilot Ground School
                                                   Collision Repair
                                                        Diesel

                                                    Agriculture
                                                 Natural Resources
                                                     Agribusiness
                                                Agriculture Mechanics
                                                   Animal Science
                                                     Horticulture

                                            Business Technology
                                               Computer Programming
                                                   Networking

                                                 Health Science
                                                  Biotechnology
                                            Emergency Medical Services

                                    Family and Consumer Sciences
                                                     Culinary Arts

                                 Technology Engineering Education
                                                     Engineering



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                          CTE Programs Identified as Nontraditional
                                    For Male Students

(Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics Information, provided by the United States Office of Vocational and Adult Education)


                                               Trade & Industrial
                                                   Human Services
                                                    Cosmetology


                                    Family and Consumer Sciences
                                           Early Childhood Education
                                            Nutrition & Food Science
                                         Family & Community Services
                                                 Fashion Design
                                                  Interior Design
                                          Teaching Training Services
                          Teaching Training Services—PreK-Early Childhood Education

                                               HUMAN SERVICES
                                            Child Care Provider/Assistant
                                                    Social Work
                                            Youth Services/Administration


                                                 Health Science
                                                 Therapeutic Services
                                                  Diagnostic Services
                                                   Health Informatics
                                                   Support Services
                                                  Nursing Education

                                            Business Technology
                                               Accounting/Bookkeeping
                                                   Banking/Finance
                                                 Electronic Publishing
                                                Administrative Support




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    2010 Breaking Traditions Award Application

    Part 1: Nominator Form
    To be completed by nominator and submitted with the Nominator:
    Questions, Student Form and Student Essay, Letters of
    Recommendation and Photos postmarked on or before May 1, 2010.

Student Information


   Student’s Full Name                                        Parent/Guardian’s Name(s)


   Student Home Address                                       Name of Student’s Primary Instructor(s)


   City                                                       Nontraditional Program Name


   State                      Zip Code


   Home Phone                                                 List courses student has completed with credits
                                                              earned in Program:


   E-mail                                                     Date Student Will Complete Program


   Student’s County of Residence                              Certifications/Licenses student will have earned (if
                                                              applicable)
   ________________________________
    Student Age (as of 3/1/2010) in years
                                                              Location of Program (Name of School)
   For secondary students attending a Career &
   Technical Education Center, provide the name
   and address of the student’s sending school:
                                                              School Address

   Sending School (If applicable)


   Sending School Street Address                              School City & Zip Code

   _______________________________________
    Sending School City, State, Zip                           Name of CTE Director/Occupational Dean




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2010 Breaking Traditions Award Application
                                    Nominator Information


       Nominator’s Name & Title


       Name of School


       Work Address


       City           State              Zip Code

       Work Phone                                              E-mail


       In what capacity do you know the nominee?


       Nominator’s Signature


       Title                                                     Date




       Name of Student as it should appear on award. PLEASE confirm with student prior to
       submission.


       Administrator’s Name (Please Print or Type)


       Administrator’s Signature (Director, Principal, Dean, etc.)


       Title                                            Date


       Student overall GPA _______

       Student technical program GPA _______



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2010 Breaking Traditions Award Form


Nominator Questions
To be completed by nominator and submitted with Nominator Form, Student Form and
Essay, Letters of Recommendation, and photos postmarked on or before May 1, 2010. Must
be typed (computer or typewriter). Applications/Guidelines.

(Attention Nominators! The judges look carefully at what you write in the nomination form. Your
comments are an important factor in determining which students are chosen as winners.)

Answer in 250 words or less using a separate sheet of paper.


1. Elaborate on the student’s specific skills: level of technical skill competency, ability to enter
   workforce, academic success. Describe how the nominee goes above and beyond the normal
   criteria.

2. Describe how this student has overcome the challenges (academic and/or personal) of being a
   nontraditional student.

3. Describe how this student is outstanding and why you selected this student as your nominee.

4. Add any other information that you feel will help the judges evaluate this candidate’s application,
   including reasons not mentioned above, that qualify the candidate to be worthy of this award.


Part 2: Photos
Photos must be included for the nomination packet to be complete. Please include one head shot
and a minimum of three action shots (the student working in his/her program; for example, a welder
welding, brick mason laying brick, nurse caring for a patient, etc.). Remember, the best action shots
are the ones that appear spontaneous with the subject seemingly unaware that his/her photo is being
taken. The student should be recognizable in the picture, and safety requirements should be met.
You must submit high quality digital photos. If more than four photos are submitted, CTE will select
the best four.

       Digital Photos: save in a JPEG format. Select super-high quality (SHQ) or the highest
       quality available on your digital camera before taking the photos. (Please do NOT change
       from the original size when saving as a JPEG.) Send your photo as an e-mail attachment or
       copy to a disk or CD and send it in the packet. In addition, print out all digital photos and
       attach to the nominator packet.




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Part 3: Student Form
To be completed by student and submitted with Nominator Form and Questions, Essay, Letter of
Recommendation, and photos postmarked on or before May 1, 2010. Must be typed (computer or
typewriter).

Instructions
1.   Write your essay, Part C, p.11.
2.   Attach two letters of recommendation from someone other than your nominator (could be written by your Instructor,
     Director, Counselor, and Principal). Letters should address your strengths and technical skills, and support your
     nomination.
3.   Have your nominator send this form, the Nominator Form and Questions, your questions, photos, essay, and letters of
     recommendation to: BREAKING TRADITIONS AWARD, Marty Willis, 4th Fl, Andrew Johnson Tower, 710 James
     Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-0383.

A. Basic Information

 Student Name
 Nontraditional Program
 Instructor Name(s)
 School

B. Consent Statement

When you sign this statement, it gives us permission to use information contained in your award packet
for publicity purposes. If you are chosen, you will become a role model for other students, which
involves sharing your “story.” You must sign the statement below to participate in the Breaking
Traditions Awards. Action photos will be used as depictions of nontraditional role models.

I,                                                             , am aware that I have been nominated as a candidate for the
                   Type student’s name
Breaking Traditions Award. I understand that the information in the award forms may be used for publicity
purposes. If selected as a regional or state winner, I agree to participate in public relations activities related to
the award.


                 Student’s Signature                                                                        Date

 For students under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must also sign the following consent
 statement:
I, ________________________________________ , give my permission for __________________________________
       Type parent’s or guardian’s name                                                     Type student’s name
to be nominated for the Breaking Traditions Award. I understand that the information in her/his award forms may be
used for publicity and nontraditional role model purposes. If selected as a regional or state winner, I will allow her/him to
participate in public relations activities related to the award. I grant permission for use of my daughter’s/son’s image or
photographs to promote career training that is nontraditional for her/his gender in print or other media by the, Division
Career and Technical Education, or its designees. This consent also authorizes release of information to local and state
press/media should the student be recognized.




                            Parent’s or Guardian’s Signature                                       Date


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2010 Breaking Traditions Award Application


C. Student Essay

To be completed by student and submitted with Nominator Form and Questions,
Student Form, Letters of Recommendation, and photos postmarked on or before
May 1, 2010. Must be typed on a separate sheet of paper (computer or typewriter, 12
point font; double space, copy each question, then write your answer).

Answer in 250 words or less. Answers to questions 1 & 2 are required.

1. Describe why you chose the nontraditional program in which you are enrolled.

2. What are your career plans? How will your current CTE program assist you in reaching your
   career objective?

3. Describe the obstacles you have overcome as you pursued your interest in training for a
   nontraditional career.

4. What advice do you have for other students considering nontraditional programs?

5. Please provide the judges with information about your extra-curricular or outside activities.

   Only include responsibilities you have had during the last two-three years. Possible
   information to describe:
    Current awards or achievements (list years)                Family responsibilities (while enrolled)
    Recent school or community involvement                     Participation in program-related student
    Activities, such as job shadowing, volunteer work or club           organizations
     affiliations, related to your career                       Other information showcasing your
                                                                 activities (in or outside of school)




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2010 Breaking Traditions Award Application

D. Letters of Recommendation
Applicant: Please fill in the blanks, and duplicate this form. You should share this with the individuals
chosen to support your nomination with a letter of recommendation.




Dear _________________________________:
        Person you are asking for letter of support


I have been nominated by _________________________________ for the state of Tennessee 2010
                                                      Nominators Name


Breaking Traditions Award. This award program is a statewide award for outstanding students who


are successfully preparing for a career in a nontraditional area for student’s gender. I am enrolled in


the _______________________________ program at _____________________________________.
                        Name of program                                 Educational Agency


I would like to request that you provide a letter of support for my nomination for this award.


You have been selected because I think that you can address my personal strengths, academic skills,


and/or my technical expertise in a way that will assist the judges in evaluating my application. If you


have any questions, feel free to contact my nominator or me. Please prepare your letter on your official


letterhead and send it to my nominator or me to at:




____________________________________________________.
                      Nominator or student address or location


Thank you,


____________________________________
Applicant Signature




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                                       Statement of Assurance of Compliance with Federal Law
It is the policy of the Tennessee Department of Education to comply with all Federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and with all
requirements and regulations of the U.S. Department of Education. It is the policy of the Tennessee Department of Education that no person on the
basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, height, weight, marital status, or disability shall be subjected to discrimination in
any program, activity or service for which it is responsible, or for which it receives financial assistance from the U. S. Department of Education.
                                                              For Information Contact:
                                                                Office of Civil Rights
                                                                    Lesley Farmer
                                                         6th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower,
                                                           710 James Robertson Parkway
                                                                Nashville, TN 37243
                                                             Lesley.Farmer@state.tn.us




                                        Quick Submission Checklist
                                     All items must be typed (computer or typewriter)
          Completed Nominator Form (with all signatures)
          Nominator’s Questions
          Completed Student Form (with student and parent signatures)
          Two Letters of Recommendation (from other than nominator)
          Student Essay
          Digital Photos (minimum of one head shot and three action poses)

                                        Submit as one packet for each nomination.
                                             Keep a copy for your records.
                                                                   Send to:
                                                            Nontraditional Award
                                                              c/o Lynne Cohen
                                                         4th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
                                                          710 James Robertson Parkway
                                                             Nashville, TN 37243-0383
                                                                   615-532-2837
                                   (Digital photos may be e-mailed to lynne.cohen@tn.gov)



                   Must be postmarked on or before
                             May 1, 2010

   Late or incomplete applications will not be considered or
                   be eligible for awards.
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